Dr. Danish Ahmed amongst twenty five researchers from across the globe worked on a paper entitled 'Non-English languages enrich scientific knowledge: The example of economic costs of biological invasions'

Dr. Danish Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Natural Science Department, amongst twenty-five researchers from across the globe have worked on a paper entitled 'Non-English languages enrich scientific knowledge: The example of economic costs of biological invasions' https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969720379729

This paper is now published in the 'Science of the Total Environment' journal, which is ranked as Q1 in all subject categories with impact factor 6.55, https://www.journals.elsevier.com/science-of-the-total-environment Under funding,

the article also mentions the grants that Dr. Danish Ahmed had been awarded: Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) (grant number PR1914SM-01) and the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) internal seed fund (grant number 187092).

The paper abstract has been translated to 12 different languages, Dr. Fawaz Azizieh did the Arabic one.

Dr. Danish Ali Ahmed, Assistant Professor at the Mathematics & Natural Sciences Department at GUST and member at Center for Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics (CAMB) was invited to attend the InvaCost workshop near Paris, France, during Nov 2019.

Out of 130 applicants, 47 scientists were selected from 23 different countries, to analyse the InvaCost database - the most up-to-date, comprehensive compilation of economic cost estimates associated with biological invasions. Dr. Danish was the only attendee based in Kuwait, and more broadly, the middle east region. The workshop was organized and directed by Prof. Franck Courchamp, a prominent scientist who is at the forefront in the study of invasive species. Since the original meeting, the InvaCost community has now grown to 93 collaborators from 39 countries. These include ecologists, economists, statisticians, biodiversity managers, and in the case of Dr. Danish, a mathematical modeller/ecologist. These experts work on various taxonomic groups, encompassing all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems affected by biological invasions.

To date, this cohort of researchers are collectively working on 64 different papers, of which 14 have been published and another 20 are currently submitted. In particular, this collaborative effort led Dr. Danish to publish two papers in a high impact peer reviewed journal, i.e., the ‘Science of the Total Environment’ journal (Q1, Impact factor 6.55):

 Cuthbert RN, Pattison Z, Taylor NG, Verbrugge L, Diagne C, Ahmed DA et al (2021). Global economic costs of aquatic invasive alien species. Science of the Total Environment, In Press.

Dr. Danish commented: ‘‘Although attending research conferences is very important for disseminating research results, participating in workshops of this kind should also be highly encouraged. This opportunity has further extended my network of colleagues, and opened the door for collaborative work on many future projects. The InvaCost workshop is a perfect example of how highly intensive collaborative efforts that bring together scientists from multi-disciplinary backgrounds from all corners of the globe are extremely important for the advancement of science.’’